Product Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Salicylic acid is one of the most powerful ingredients for combating acne prone oily skin. Here’s why I like using the Ordinary Salicylic acid 2% Solution.

Salicylic Acid exfoliates the skin, even the inside of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes. This 2% beta hydroxy acid treatment solution makes skin ‘visibly clear’ with continued use. It is one of the few acids that can actually penetrate the pores and ‘clean’ them from within.

If your skin is prone to blackheads and pimples, using salicylic acid every day can keep them from coming back in the first place. With regular use, your skin will become softer, smoother and more even-toned.

When applied to the skin, salicylic acid removes impurities, excess sebum as well as dead cells before they could clog your pores and result in pimples. Because BHA dissolves excess sebum, dead cells and performs surface exfoliation, it helps even out the skin tone and gives your complexion a glow as well.

SALICYLIC ACID is ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. This means it can get rid of the redness that accompanies pimples and calm down inflamed skin.


BHA or Salicylic acid is awesome for acne prone skin. However, just to be on the safe side, avoid salicylic acid if you have irritated skin. Also, avoid topical preparations containing salicylic acid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

About the Ordinary Salicylic 2% Solution

The product comes with a cute dropper. I apply a couple of watery-gel like drops on my nose (that’s where I get the most blackheads) and my chin. The solution doesn’t feel sticky, but it does foam a little which makes the application somewhat tacky.

Mirror Mirror on the wall, is the Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution the best of them All?

Pimples are evil and they always pop up before a big occasion. I apply a drop of the solution directly on the pimple. Does it get rid of nasty buggers? Well, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution isn’t a magical potion. A pimple does look smaller the next morning, but you need to wait for a couple of days before it goes away – for good.

The Verdict:

After a week of use, my skin doesn’t look like a mess. It is a superhero for oily skin – it kicked blackheads and (most) pimples off my face.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% solution should definitely be part of your anti-acne skincare plan. I use it once daily (PM)*. Just make sure you don’t abuse the product or BHA would wreak some serious havoc on your skin.

*Always perform a patch test before using any skincare product, especially acids.

Are you using salicylic acid in your skincare routine? Share your experience in the comments below.

Image Credit: Clinical formulations with integrity.


Author: Thinking Thirty

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